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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Terraces resident celebrates a century of life

Photo Eren Goknar/Special To The Town Crier

Terraces at Los Altos resident Kiyoko Kaneko, known as “Kiyo” to friends, turned 100 Sept. 3.

She outlived the Roaring ’20s, the Depression, Pearl Harbor and the Vietnam War.

Los Altos resident Kiyoko Kaneko, known as “Kiyo” to friends, turned 100 Sept. 3, celebrating a century of milestones in American history. Kaneko recalled watching from her house near the base as planes bombed Pearl Harbor.

“Nobody knew what was happening,” she said.

Approximately 80 friends gathered in the Fellowship Hall at The Terraces at Los Altos on Pine Lane last month to commemorate Kaneko’s life and enjoy cake and sparkling wine and cider.

Terry Morrison, director of admissions at The Terraces’ health center, thanked Kaneko for bringing “her rich history” to the community.

“You have given us so many gifts,” she said.

Fellow Terraces resident Yoshiro Befu, who knew Kaneko’s brothers, recalled the entire Morey family.

A second-generation Japanese American, Kaneko was born in 1911 in South Pasadena, where her parents were prominent in the community. Her father owned a dry-goods store in Japantown in Los Angeles. After graduating from high school, Kaneko found “feelings were very high against the Japanese,” as the nation was in the full throes of war hysteria. Thinking it would be hard to find a job in the U.S., she traveled to Japan, where she attended a two-year teachers’ college, majoring in home economics. Her father spent some time in a Japanese internment camp after the police picked him up off the street – the family didn’t immediately know what had happened to him.

Kaneko met her husband, a Japanese American dentist from Hawaii, through family friends, and the couple settled in Hawaii, where they had four children: Caro, Paul, Mary Ellen and Glen. Her husband passed away at the age of 45. Her two daughters, Mary Ellen and Caro, who live in Sunnyvale and Fremont, attended the birthday party.

Asked to what she attributes her long life, Kaneko said she is often asked that question.

“The only answer I can give is to choose your parents very well,” she said – Kaneko’s father lived be 100 as well.

Cathy Jensen, The Terraces’ lifestyle director, told party guests that Kaneko has lived so long because she has been active, even joining an exercise class recently.

Kaneko’s daughter, Mary Ellen Chafey, confirmed that her mother has always been active, even snow skiing until she was 79 years old. Kaneko worked in a pediatrician’s office, on her feet every day, to support her children, Chafey said. In addition, she credited her mother’s desire to “keep learning” new things for her long life.

Kaneko loves fruit and vegetables, and has always eaten healthful foods, Chafey added.

Kaneko has lived at The Terraces, formerly Pilgrim Haven, since 2002, and only recently moved from an independent apartment to assisted living, Jensen said.

“Kiyo has made many close friends here both among the residents and the staff members,” Jensen said. “She is a delightful conversationalist and is friendly with everyone.”

After several Terraces residents paid tribute to her, Kaneko accepted birthday wishes as she wiped tears from her eyes.

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